49 days in China Itinerary

49 days in China Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Suzhou
— 4 nights
2
Huangshan
— 3 nights
3
Beijing
— 9 nights
4
Luoyang
— 4 nights
5
Xi'an
— 5 nights
6
Dunhuang
— 2 nights
7
Jiuzhaigou County
— 4 nights
8
Chengdu
— 5 nights
9
Lijiang
— 5 nights
10
Lhasa
— 5 nights

4
nights
Suzhou

Suzhou ©
One of the oldest settlements in the Yangtze basin, Suzhou remains a complex, labyrinthine set of old canal districts, World Heritage gardens, and sprawling modern developments.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Suzhou: Wuzhen Water Town (in Tongxiang) and Xitang Ancient Town (in Jiashan County). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around The Classical Gardens of Suzhou, admire the natural beauty at Lion Forest Garden, appreciate the extensive heritage of Shantang Street, and contemplate the long history of The Lingering Garden.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Suzhou trip itinerary builder website.

Kochi (Cochin), India to Suzhou is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2.5 hours traveling from Kochi (Cochin) to Suzhou. Traveling from Kochi (Cochin) in November, you will find days in Suzhou are much colder (°C), and nights are little chillier (°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Huangshan.

Things to do in Suzhou

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Wuzhen Water Town, Xitang Ancient Town
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 18:
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Xitang Ancient Town ©
Xitang Ancient Town
The Classical Gardens of Suzhou ©
The Classical Gardens of Suzhou
Suzhou Garden Museum ©
Suzhou Garden Museum

3
nights
Huangshan

Huangshan ©
Named after the "Yellow Mountains" with which the region has long been associated, Huangshan offers access to UNESCO-listed sites both natural and man-made.
Huangshan is known for nature, historic sites, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Huangshan, look for all kinds of wild species at Huangshan UNESCO Global Geopark, explore the stunning scenery at Emerald Valley, and take in the natural beauty of Huangshan Hot Spring.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Huangshan vacation maker.

Traveling by car from Suzhou to Huangshan takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. On the 21st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Huangshan

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 21:
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Mt. Huangshan ©
Mt. Huangshan
Huangshan UNESCO Global Geopark ©
Huangshan UNESCO Global Geopark
Xihai Great Canyon ©
Xihai Great Canyon

9
nights
Beijing

Beijing
As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing stands at the heart of Chinese history, buzzing with the energy of its high population density and centuries of importance.
Spend the 28th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Mutianyu Great Wall, take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong), look for gifts at Nanluoguxiang, and find something for the whole family at Olympic Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Beijing trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Huangshan to Beijing in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November in Beijing, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. On the 30th (Mon), you'll travel to Luoyang.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 30:
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Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)

4
nights
Luoyang

Luoyang ©
One of the oldest imperial cities in the country, Luoyang gives access to a wealth of cultural sites protected by UNESCO for their importance to the world's cultural heritage.
Explore Luoyang's surroundings by going to Dengfeng (Tower Forest & Shaolin Temple). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Longmen Grottoes, admire the landmark architecture of Luoyi Ancient City, engage your brain at Dongfanghong Nonggeng Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Guanlin Temple (General Guan's Tomb).

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Luoyang day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Luoyang takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Luoyang

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Dengfeng
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 4:
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Longmen Grottoes ©
Longmen Grottoes
Shaolin Temple ©
Shaolin Temple
White Horse Temple ©
White Horse Temple

5
nights
Xi'an

Xi'an
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Explore Xi'an's surroundings by going to Huayin (Mountain Huashan Plank Trail & Mount Huashan). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, don't miss a visit to Kaiyuan Square, enjoy breathtaking views from Xi'an Bell Tower, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Xi'an Mosque.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Xi'an travel planning site.

Traveling by train from Luoyang to Xi'an takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Luoyang in December, you will find days in Xi'an are somewhat warmer (°C), and nights are a bit cooler (°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Dunhuang.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Huayin
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 9:
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Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) ©
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang)
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) ©
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)

2
nights
Dunhuang

Dunhuang ©
Once a vital stop-off on the Silk Road trade route, Dunhuang today offers travelers of all persuasions a place to rest in the middle of the desert.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Xijin Tomb, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain, thenwitness a stunning natural landmark at Crescent Moon Pool, and finally make a trip to Shazhou Nightly Market.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Dunhuang travel route tool.

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Dunhuang takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Jiuzhaigou County.

Things to do in Dunhuang

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:
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Mogao Caves ©
Mogao Caves
Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain ©
Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain
Crescent Moon Pool ©
Crescent Moon Pool

4
nights
Jiuzhaigou County

Jiuzhaigou County ©
Nine villages make up Jiuzhaigou County, a valley with a wealth of natural sites protected by UNESCO.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jiuzhaigou County: Songpan County (Huanglong Valley & Huanglong Scenic Valley). Spend the 15th (Tue) exploring nature at Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Jiuzhaigou National Arts Center, take in the dramatic scenery at Pearl Shoal Waterfalls, and contemplate the waterfront views at Shuanglong Lake.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Jiuzhaigou County trip maker.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Dunhuang to Jiuzhaigou County in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Jiuzhaigou County

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Songpan County
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Huanglong Scenic Valley ©
Huanglong Scenic Valley
Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve ©
Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve
Jiuzhaigou National Arts Center ©
Jiuzhaigou National Arts Center

5
nights
Chengdu

Chengdu ©
The home of giant pandas for more than two million years, Chengdu's vast human history cowers in comparison to the natural heritage of the area.
Get out of town with these interesting Chengdu side-trips: Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum (in Guanghan) and Dujiangyan Irrigation System (in Dujiangyan). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), get to know the fascinating history of Kuanzhai Alley, head outdoors with Kungfu Family, and take an in-depth tour of Jinsha Site Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Chengdu attractions site.

Traveling by flight from Jiuzhaigou County to Chengdu takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Chengdu sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Chengdu

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum, Dujiangyan Irrigation System
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 20:
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Jinsha Site Museum ©
Jinsha Site Museum
Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum ©
Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum

5
nights
Lijiang

Lijiang
The cultural capital of the Naxi people, one of the 55 minority ethnic groups in the country, Lijang traces its history back over 800 years, with the city developing from a trading post on the ancient Southern Silk Road.
Get out of town with these interesting Lijiang side-trips: Yulong County (Haba Mountain, Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain, &more) and Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia) (in Shangri-La County). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town of Lijiang - China, deepen your understanding at Mandarin Garden Lijiang Center, appreciate the history behind Sanyan Well, and head outdoors with Baisha Ancient Town.

Before you visit Lijiang, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Chengdu to Lijiang in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Yulong County, Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia)
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 25:
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Old Town of Lijiang - China
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia) ©
Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia)
Black Dragon Pond Park ©
Black Dragon Pond Park

5
nights
Lhasa

The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
Lhasa is known for historic sites, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Potala Palace, Head underground at Chimpu Caves, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, and get to know the fascinating history of Barkhor Street.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, read Lhasa road trip planning site.

Getting from Lijiang to Lhasa by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In December in Lhasa, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 30:
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Off-Road Tours
Potala Palace ©
Potala Palace
Jokhang Temple ©
Jokhang Temple

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